6 WAYS TO NATURALLY WHITEN YOUR TEETH

A bright, white smile has been a sign of health, wellness, and beauty for ages. Some people are born with naturally white teeth that don’t ever seem to discolor. Other people will care for their teeth diligently, and they still seem to stain. Although nice white teeth are something everyone seeks, the color of our teeth are not necessarily an indicator of the health of our teeth.

Before running to your dentist’s office and requesting expensive, timeintensive chemical treatments, consider trying these simple approaches to teeth whitening.

“It is a misnomer that whiter teeth are the same as healthy teeth, since tooth color has very little to do with the health of the tooth. The consumer perception, though, is that white teeth equal a healthy mouth, and perception is reality.”

Sharon Zastrow    Clinical Hygienist

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Both the inner and outer layers of teeth can become stained and cause discoloration. Tooth enamel is the hard, white surface of your teeth. Dentin, a pale brown substance, is underneath the enamel. Sometimes, enamel can thin, showing the slight brown color of the dentin underneath. Reasons behind this can include aging, genetics, and the intakes of certain foods and drinks.

Here are some reasons why teeth turn yellow, beige, or brown:

› Drinking coffee, red whine or tea,

› Smoking cigarettes,

› Thinning tooth enamel due to aging,

› Eating a poor diet, including processed foods,

› Suffering from dry mouth,

› Breathing through your mouth,

› Antibiotic use excessive,

› Fluoride intake,

› Genetic factors.

Try These Natural Methods to Whiten Your Teeth

Before running to your dentist’s office and requesting expensive, timeintensive chemical treatments, consider trying these simple approaches to teeth whitening.

1. Brush After Drinking or Eating

This can be a hard habit to maintain, but brushing your teeth immediately after drinking or eating will improve the appearance of your smile immensely. Store some travel toothbrushes and toothpastes in your bag or desk at work. Having the supplies ready at any time will make the battle easier.

2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a wonderful mouth rinse due to its antibacterial properties. Along with aiding in teeth whitening, it will protect against gum diseases. Mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to create a paste that will clean your mouth and remove plaque!

3. Coconut Oil Pulling

It may sound odd, put swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for five to twenty minutes can whiten your teeth! You can also add drops of the oil on your toothbrush or on washcloth and rub it on your teeth. The antimicrobial properties of the oil will also keep your gums healthier.

4. Use Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV works as a natural antibiotic and oral cleaner, but it’s also incredibly effective at removing stains from coffee and nicotine. ACV contains compounds, including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, and enzymes, that kill germs but foster growth of beneficial bacteria. Make sure to rinse or brush your mouth out after your ACV rinse. Also, remain consistent with your use of ACV to see best results!

5. Lemon or Orange Peels

Citrus fruits are very versatile foods regarding improved health, including oral health! Many people have seen the benefits of these fruits in helping with teeth whitening. However, much like apple cider vinegar, due to the acidity of these fruits, you should rinse your mouth out immediately after using them.

6. Strawberries and Other Healthy Foods

Berries contain powerful antioxidants that can benefit oral health. Celebrities like Tyra Banks have rubbed berry mixtures on their teeth for a brighter smile. Nutritious foods in general can have a really positive effect on the brightness of your smile.

BONUS!

Activated charcoal is an absorbing product that can help whiten your teeth by soaking up the plaque and microscopic tidbits in your mouth, which cause staining. To use the product, dip a wettened toothbrush into powdered activated charcoal. Brush it onto your teeth in the areas with the most staining. Remember to rinse your mouth out well after brushing. Certain types of dental work do not pair well with charcoal treatments. Avoid this method if you have crowns, caps, or porcelain veneers.

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